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Becoming a Writer Paperback – March 1, 1981
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Even in 1934, Dorothea Brande knew that most writers didn't need another book on "technique" -- and this, before so many more would be published. No, she realized, as John Gardner notes in his foreword, "the root problems of the writer are personality problems," and thus her wise book is designed to simply help you get over yourself and start writing, with techniques ranging from a simple declaration to write every day at a fixed time -- no matter what -- to exercises that come close to inventing the TM and self-actualization movements that would follow a few decades later.
About the Author
ROBERT W. HARRIS has been a freelance writer and designer since 1990. He has written twelve books, including DOS, WordPerfect & Lotus Office Companion and When Good People Write Bad Sentences. His books have been main selections in the Small Computer Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.
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The only problem I had was that it was very esoteric and although there is meaning in that, I was hoping for more straightforward advice.
Great read nonetheless and looking to implement her insights.
The major help this book provides for the beginning and the not so beginning writer is that it is worth the struggle. It does have tips and suggestions that will keep you at your keyboard. More important is the support given to those of us who pine to write, have given up on writing and long to say something to the world.
So glad this is back in print and with a forward by the writer's guru, John Gardner.
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7/8 ths of book belabors the negative.